Touro Governing Board

Meet the Touro governing board

N. Knight Worley, M.D., ChairN. Knight Worley, M.D., Vice Chair

Dr. Newland Knight Worley, an otolaryngologist in private practice, has served as an active participant in numerous hospital committees since joining Touro’s medical staff in 1994. Dr. Worley has been a member of Touro’s Medical Staff Executive Committee since 1998 and was a past Vice President from 2002 – 2006 and President from 2006 – 2008. A member of the Touro Infirmary Board of Governors since 2006, Dr. Worley also holds positions on the Governing Boards of the Touro Infirmary Foundation and the Orleans Parish Medical Society. He is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine and serves as an assistant clinical professor with the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.

Jill Israel, Vice ChairJill Israel, Treasurer / Secretary

Jill Israel retired in 2016 from Entergy Corporation as Senior VP of Shared Services. Previous senior leadership roles included Chief Information Officer, VP of Financial Processes, and VP of Internal Audit. Additionally, Ms. Israel held key roles in several merger & acquisition efforts and had responsibility following Katrina for much of the business continuity efforts following Entergy's relocation from its downtown New Orleans corporate offices. Ms. Israel graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Economics and received her MBA degree from Tulane University. She is currently the Treasurer of Touro Synagogue and chairs the Touro Synagogue Foundation Investment Advisory Committee. Ms. Israel serves on the board of the Jewish Endowment Foundation and the advisory board of the South Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Israel has lived in New Orleans since 1981.

Hugh W. Long, PhD, Treasurer/SecretaryHugh W. Long, PhD

Hugh W. Long, PhD is Professor of Health Systems Management and Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University. He is a past member of Congress’s Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and former chair of the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board. He is a consulting economic expert in health-related civil litigation and a frequent lecturer on fiscal management for the American College of Physician Executives. He also serves as the President of the Board of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joy Braun, Past ChairJoy Braun, Chair

Joy G. Braun is an attorney in the Sessions, Fishman, Nathan and Israel, LLP law firm, where she serves as the firm’s product liability practice leader. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree with honors from Duke University in 1976 and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Tulane University School of Law in 1981, where she was the presiding judge of the Moot Court Board. She has also served as a member of Tulane’s adjunct Trial Advocacy Faculty. Her commitment to improve the quality of life in New Orleans is manifested by her service on various boards and community organizations, including the South Central Region Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League, Touro Synagogue, and WRBH in addition to Touro Infirmary.

Greg Feirn, President and Chief Executive Officer of LCMC HealthGreg Feirn, President and Chief Executive Officer of LCMC Health

Mr. Feirn currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of LCMC Health, the parent company which manages Children's Hospital, Touro Infirmary, and the Interim L.S.U. Hospital. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience, including 15 years with Children's Hospital and five years with a "Big 4" accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche, LLP. His professional experience includes financial accounting, non-profit tax accounting, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement strategy, investment portfolio management and operations, and healthcare-related academic research. He completed the MBA program at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business with an emphasis in finance, graduating with honors, and has his CPA accreditation. In his role as CEO for LCMC, he is responsible for management coordination of the LCMC Board of Trustees and for oversight and analysis of the System’s operations and investment portfolio.

Katherine Crosby, LCMC Health, Board ChairKatherine Crosby, LCMC Health, Board Chair

The first female director in Fidelity Bank’s history, Katherine Crosby is the great-granddaughter of Allain C. Andry, Sr., one of the original founders of Fidelity Bank in 1908. Crosby was named chairman of the board in August 2010 and possesses broad knowledge in various aspects of the banking industry, particularly financial institution management. In addition to serving on the LCMC Health Board of Directors, she is on the Board of Children’s Hospital, WYES-TV, and the Poydras Home. Crosby earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business.

Board Members

Kim BoyleKim Boyle

Kim M. Boyle is a partner in the Employment Law Group at Phelps Dunbar LLP. Ms. Boyle has practiced in all areas of commercial litigation, as well as employment litigation, tort litigation, and general litigation. She is a former Judge Pro Tempore of Division "I" of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, as well as a former Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law. Kim is a New Orleans native. She graduated from Princeton University before attending University of Virginia School of Law and returning to New Orleans in 1987.

Edgar Lawrence “Dooky” Chase III

Edgar “Dooky” Chase III is a CPA and attorney. He retired from Dillard University in 2009 after serving as its Vice President for Master Facilities Planning and Management and as its long-standing Dean of Business, but returned to higher education in 2010 to serve as Delgado Community College/ Goldman Sachs’ Lead Faculty in New Orleans for the development of 10,000 Small Businesses. He ultimately left Delgado to focus on his goal of becoming a historical fiction writer. Dooky’s trilogy on “American Identity” is a five part work covering civil rights and race relations in New Orleans from 1721 to 2020. Dooky graduated from Jesuit High School in 1967 and was recognized as its Alumnus of the Year in 2012. He was the first African American Student Body President at Loyola University in New Orleans and graduated from there in 1971. In 1973, Dooky obtained a master’s degree in business administration from New York’s Columbia University and then returned to Loyola University to obtain his law degree in 1983. From 1973-1978, he served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corp. Dooky remains actively involved with the family’s Dooky Chase Restaurant and the Chase Family Foundation. He currently serves on the Boards of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the City of New Orleans Municipal Employees Retirement System, the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, the governance committee of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc., and since 2017 the Anti- Defamation League (ADL) South Central Region. His past Board service includes the Bureau of Governmental Research, the Loyola University Board of Trustees, the City Park Improvement Association, Inc., the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, the Board of Trustees of Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, the Millennium Port Authority of Louisiana, the State Board of Economic Development, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and (most recently) the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute.


Mara Baumgarten ForceMara Baumgarten Force

Mara Baumgarten Force is the Associate Director of the Master of Finance Program at Tulane University. She received her BA in Political Science from Yale University and MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Before joining the faculty at Tulane in 2017, Mara was a managing director and the Head of Private Client Trust at JPMorgan, where she was an eighteen-year veteran of the firm. Mara serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation, The Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Family Services, and is a Young Leadership Fellow at the National Committee on U.S./China Relations.

Andrew S. JacobsAndrew S. Jacobs

Andrew S. Jacobs, a New Orleans native born at Touro Infirmary, has been in the real estate business since 1982, with numerous properties in New Orleans and other cities throughout the south. His late father, Marvin Jacobs, served as former Chairman of the Governing Board of Touro Infirmary. In addition to serving on Touro Infirmary’s Governing Board, Andy currently serves as a member of the Touro Synagogue Board and the Hebrew Rest Cemetery Association. He received his BA from the University of Florida in 1984.

Ruth KullmanRuth Kullman

Ruth Kullman is the owner of Kullman Consulting which specializes in non-profit consulting and political fundraising. She received her B.A. and M.S.W. from Tulane University. Additional community involvement includes serving as past President of Touro Synagogue, Planned Parenthood of Louisiana, and New Orleans Outreach. She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute of Mental Hygiene and New Orleans College Prep Charter School.

Kathryn Lichtenberg

Kathryn Lichtenberg (“Kathy”) is a retired regulatory lawyer who, in her role as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, led Entergy’s regulatory practice before state and federal regulators until her retirement in 2017. Kathy moved to New Orleans upon graduating cum laude from Princeton University in 1975. She received an MSW from the Tulane School of Social Work in 1977 and graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1983. Kathy was a partner at Monroe and Lemann and represented healthcare as well as utility clients (as well as other litigants) in various matters; in the mid-1980’s Kathy also represented Hospital Corporation of America in regulatory and legal proceedings. She joined Entergy’s Legal Department in 1995 where her practice focused on utility regulatory matters. For many years, she also advised Entergy management teams and executives with respect to a wide variety of issues as they arose in a dynamic work environment.

Kathy resides in the Warehouse District. Her husband resides at Poydras Home. Kathy has over a decade of personal experience with healthcare facilities and patient care in-home, outpatient and inpatient settings. Kathy’s connection to Touro runs deep. Her husband made remarkable progress with the encouragement of friends and family during the months he spent in the stroke rehab unit. Kathy’s parents were Holocaust survivors, and her contribution to an institution with Touro’s history would make them proud. Kathy is an avid reader and an aging but relentless student of ballet. She speaks French and conversational German.

Marcy Nathan

Marcy Nathan is Creative Director for Rouses Markets, one of the fastest growing family owned companies in the United States. She leads the grocery store’s creative, media and public relations efforts, shaping and sharing the company’s story with customers — you can see her fingerprints on everything from television commercials, to the website, to in-store branding. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Rouses Magazine, a bi-monthly publication that has a readership of nearly 700,000. Before crossing over to the client side in 2014, Marcy worked on Rouse’s advertising from the agency side as copywriter, producer and Creative Director. Her creativity is behind some of New Orleans’ most memorable advertising campaigns. She is a local, regional and National Addy Award winner, and has judged numerous advertising competitions. Born at Touro, where babies come from, Marcy attended Newcomb Nursery School, Isidore Newman School, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and Tulane University, where she received her master’s degree in English (and a record number of parking tickets).

Steven Yellin, M.D.

Dr. Steven Yellin has served the New Orleans community as a radiologist for over 35 years. Dr. Yellin cared for patients both in private practice and multiple hospital settings before joining the Touro Medical Staff in 2010. A graduate of LSU Medical School, Dr. Yellin completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Ochsner Medical Center Hospital, were he also served as Chief Resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Yellin has strong ties to the Touro community, as he was born at Touro Infirmary and served on the Touro Synagogue Board of Directors.

Ellen Zakris, M.D.Ellen Zakris, M.D.

Dr. Ellen Zakris is Touro’s Director of Radiation Oncology. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Harvard Medical School. She has extensive experience in comprehensive cancer treatment with special interest in breast, gynecological, pediatric, prostate, lung, and central nervous system (CNS) malignancies. Dr. Zakris treats adult radiation oncology patients at Touro as well as pediatric radiation oncology patients from Children’s Hospital. She serves on the boards of several local organizations, including the New Orleans Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Touro Synagogue.

William Von Almen, MD, President of the Medical Staff

Dr. William Von Almen has spent his career specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Touro Infirmary. After earning his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, he completed residency at LSU School of Medicine. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Von Almen continues his practice because of the long-lasting Doctor-Family relationships that are built in OB/GYN. Dr. Von Almen was appointed to President of the Medical Staff at Touro in 2020.